IE7, Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 to be phased out starting 1 August
Google has said that it will stop supporting older browsers starting 1 August to improve user experience.
Some of the browsers to be affected are IE7, Safari 3 and Firefox 3.5, which will lose some functions with Google apps such as Google Docs and Google Talk. However, the company has warned that most Web services will eventually stop working for the older browsers.
Google said in a blog that its teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers that support HTML5.
Google vice-president of engineering Venkat Panchapakesan wrote, "Beginning August 1st, we’ll support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version."
"As of August 1st, we will discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely, " said Panchapakesan.
The company said users should upgrade their browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari to the latest versions.